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Our Story

Like any good beginning, our story began with a vision, or maybe more like a hair-brained idea, that we could grow lavender and make a living out of it. Actually, the story is a little more in depth than that. In 2014 we moved our family across several states, sold our business and our home, said goodbye to good friends, and started over. It was a less than ideal time for our family, one of brokenness. Funny that’s where many hair-brained ideas are born.  Amidst all the brokenness and pain for our family, I came across this breath-taking photo of a lavender field and had this surreal sense of peace. I had felt something I hadn’t in a while: JOY in the middle of pain!  We knew in that moment, that God had met us here, in the deep utter places of darkness, pain, and brokenness. We knew if God could do that for us, He could do that for anyone.  So we set out on a journey to create a place where people can come, breathe in the sweet aroma of lavender, and reconnect with each other again, despite all life’s distractions.

Who knew this journey  would develop into a two year process that involved loads of research, hard work, and healing.  But that is what we wanted, something our whole family could invest in, that we could do with our kids, teach them about agriculture and sustainability, and share the beauty of creation with anyone who comes to visit.

The more we researched, the more we fell in love with this idea that we could start a lavender farm. We began searching property to purchase, and in August 2015, became the proud owners of 40 acres of land, and an adorable cute abandoned farmhouse! We salvaged what we could because I wanted to savor as much history to the property as we could, but eventually had to bulldoze the home down.  We started building our farm store in winter 2016 and work continued all winter.

Since we owned 40 acres, we were inspired  to grow cherry trees with our lavender, which we think is a pair matched in heaven, and with the help of family and a good friend, we planted 600 cherry trees, (7 different  varieties) and our oldest son started a new beekeeping hobby in April 2016.  May brought us over 4000 lavender plants which we, (along with family), planted-all by hand.   Work continued all summer long in the fields and with the farm store.  We built a sheep pen for our 2nd oldest son also in the summer.   In the Fall we were landscaping and working in the farm store, preparing to open the following year.

2017 rolled around and brought loads of work inside the farm store, and making products for our store.  We planted 200 more cherry trees and over 1,000 more lavender plants.   We now have 21 different varieties of Lavender, each with a unique use or purpose.  

2018 Brought our 2nd season open to the public with great success. We continually plant more lavender and more cherry trees, and expanding the variety of goods offered in our farm store. We quickly realized we needed more space so we spent the fall &  winter months expanding our farm store area to make room for our farm tours and bus tours.

 

2019-We've successfully completed another wonderful season of hard work and welcoming all our new guests to the farm. We loved seeing all our cherished returning friends of the farm! We now have over 25+ varieties of lavender, 10,000 lavender plants, 5 acres of wildflower Sanctuary for bees & monarchs in addition to the lavender plants. Our cherry trees took another growing season to develop. They are on their own timetable and as farmers, we have to be patient! Many exciting things happened this summer that we have seen growth through! We were invited to air LIVE on FOX6 Milwaukee where I did my own little cooking segment! We all joked that now we have to start calling me "Cooking with Laura LaVenTE!" It was a wonderful & FUN opportunity! We also had another TV crew at our farm for FOX Sports out of Milwaukee and aired on a Pregame and Postgame Brewers Game! And many wonderful magazine articles were written by prestigious journalists through Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Experience Wisconsin, & Growing Wisconsin. We had another Film Crew at our farm to shoot for Travel Wisconsin. So many great things are happening, we're beginning to get such good press coverage! Yet with all that, we are humbled by the love and support we have from all our guests and faithful patrons daily. Our goal and motto has always been the same, to do everything we do to our best and fullest to honor God, and to create a space that is warm and inviting for others to enjoy! We are looking forward to dreaming, planning, and developing new ideas and products for the upcoming 2020 season! But rest first.

 

Please come join us for a time of relaxing, restoration, and reconnecting.

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